An entire generation has never known a world before the attacks
An exhibition of September 11-related children's art held on September 5, 2002. Photo by Sion Touhig/Getty Images
The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were the worst acts of terrorism on American soil to date. Designed to instill panic and fear, the attacks were unprecedented in terms of their scope, magnitude, and impact on the American psyche. The vast majority (over 60 percent) of Americans watched these attacks occur live on television or saw them replayed over and over again in the days, weeks, and years following the attacks.